Marmalade Bush
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Marmalade Bush
ntroduced Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Marmalade Bush
Botanical name: Streptosolen jamesonii    Family: Solanaceae (Potato family)

Marmalade bush, is an evergreen shrub that produces loose clusters of flowers gradually changing from yellow to red as they develop, resulting in an overall appearance resembling orange marmalade (thus the name). The sole member of its genus, it is found in open woodlands of Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru. It is cultivated in cooler parts of India. The stems tend to be tall and slender, with an overall height of 3-6 ft. The leaves are ovate to elliptic, green to dark green, with a pattern of fine wrinkles. The flowers have a slender tube 3-4 cm long, with spreading petal lobes. The blooms can appear nearly all year in mild-winter areas, but the heaviest flowering is from spring through fall.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed in Kalimpong, West Bengal & East Sikkim.

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